There’s one big question and it’s almost as old as humanity’s sense of decency: Is nudity filthy, dirty, even nasty? Nope, says New York model Melina DiMarco who not only embraces the naked body as art but also believes that it’s imperative to encourage diversity throughout the industry. “The body within a sexual context is not shameful, but is the reality of human nature,” she tells us.
Melina advocates for the empowerment of the female form, nudity as art and expression beyond sexual assumptions. With a background in design, it has always been a priority for her to create out of passion. Rather than simply depicting a superficial lifestyle, she explores modeling, for example for clients like Lancôme, Samsung and Verizon, as a tool for storytelling.
Brooklyn-based photographer Atisha Paulson took the chance and photographed Melina DiMarco for the latest issue of Australian fashion magazine Yume, which means “dream” in Japanese. Melina wants to embolden people around the world to be more open towards nudity and its meaning – and thanks to Atisha and Yume she got one step closer to her goal.
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